NSW Nationals Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor discusses the challenges rural and regional women face during drought, bushfire and pandemic.

We know it has been an incredibly challenging time for everyone across NSW, with so many doing it tough dealing with the impacts of drought, bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic on their families, businesses and communities.

Regional women are incredibly resilient, but the last few months have added extra challenges, both in business and in the home. With this in mind, I am continuing to drive a series of online initiatives to build women’s empowerment and opportunity.

In April, we funded Pointer Remote Roles to host webinars about how women could best transition to working from home.

These popular interactive sessions included information for managers and team members on setting up for success, covering areas such as balancing homeschooling and working at the same time.

In the heart of the lockdown, we partnered with Business Chicks to present a masterclass called ‘Doing Business with the Bush’ where three dynamos of regional business revealed their insights on how to grow connections between the city and the bush.

In the months ahead, we will partner with the Country Women’s Association and Dress for Success. These fantastic organisations will deliver online classes targeted towards regional women getting back into the workforce or starting a business.

As the impact of bushfire, drought and COVID-19 continue, the NSW Nationals in Government are committed to helping women by providing extra layers of support and opportunity to thrive in business and beyond.